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Public Notice

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT in accordance with Section 1045-j (3) and 1045-j (9a) of the New York Public Authorities Law, on May 21, 22, 29, 30 and 31, 2018, the New York City Water Board (the Board) will hold public hearings concerning proposed rates and charges for the use of, or services furnished, rendered or made available by the water and wastewater system of the City of New York and changes to other rates, fees, charges and billing policies to be incorporated into the Board’s Rate Schedule effective July 1, 2018.

The hearings will be held as follows:

BoroughDateLocation
Brooklyn Monday,
May 21, 2018
Doors open at 6:30pm
Public Hearing at 7:00pm
St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street, Founders Hall
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Queens Tuesday,
May 22, 2018
Doors open at 6:30pm
Public Hearing at 7:00pm
John F. Kennedy, Jr. School (P721Q)
57-12 94th Street
Elmhurst, NY 11373
Bronx Tuesday,
May 29, 2018
Doors open at 6:30pm
Public Hearing at 7:00pm
Hostos Community College
Savoy Building, 2nd Floor
120 East 149th Street
Bronx, NY 10451
Staten Island
Wednesday,
May 30, 2018
Doors open at 6:30pm
Public Hearing at 7:00pm
Joan and Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Center
1466 Manor Road
Staten Island, NY 10314
Manhattan Thursday,
May 31, 2018
Doors open at 9:30am
Public Hearing at 10:00am
Spector Hall
22 Reade Street
New York, NY 10007
  1. For fiscal year 2019, which begins on July 1, 2018, the Board will consider an increase to its current metered and unmetered water rates and rate-based billing programs by a percentage not to exceed 2.36%, with no change made to the rate used to assess wastewater charges, which would remain at 159% of water charges.
  2. In addition, the Board will consider the following proposals:
    1. Minimum Charge: A freeze of the minimum charge for meter-billed customers at $0.49 per day for water service, plus wastewater charges of 159% of water charges.
    2. Letter of Authorization: Change the amount of time letters of authorization are valid by default from one year to two years, unless otherwise specified by a customer.
    3. Title Read Policy: Clarify existing policy and procedure and extend time in which a customer may request a title read from thirty days prior to property transfer to sixty days.
    4. Multi-family Water Assistance Program: A modification to the ranking formula for determining program participation, in which the formula would be amended to rank eligible applicants from lowest-to-highest median household income, with priority given to the lowest.

A hearing on the Regulated Rate for water supplied to users outside the City of New York will be announced in a subsequent, separate public notice.

All hearings are open to the public. Anyone may attend or register to speak at any borough hearing, regardless of the borough in which s/he resides or in which his/her property is located. Those who wish to testify at a hearing should contact the Board by email: nycwaterboard@dep.nyc.gov, telephone: (718) 595-3594, or mail: New York City Water Board, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 8th Floor, Flushing, NY 11373, to register no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day before the hearing at which s/he wishes to testify. Oral testimony will be limited to five (5) minutes duration. A copy of any prepared or written statement may be submitted for the Board’s consideration at the above email or mailing address by 5:00 p.m. on May 31, 2018.

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